Richie Blacker creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. His openness to a wide range of sound is what has both made him a widely loved favorite, but also someone who operates in his own parallel musical world. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latests releases.
When and how did you get your interest in electronic music?
I first got introduced to electronic music at young age from my older brothers. They went raving every weekend and when they would leave the house I would go through their rave tape collection and listen to the sets they had from the likes of Orbital, 808 State, Carl Cox and Andrew Weatherall. I became obsessed with dance and electronic music and just music in general after that. It was in my late teens I started to DJ and in my early twenties I started to produce electronic music.
How do you assess the trajectory you have had and what were the reasons that led you to start it?
I have been DJing the best part of 12 / 13 years. The past 5 years or so I have been signing to some amazing record labels. But everything changed last august 2019 during the pandemic when my “Summer of Rave” EP went straight to number one on beatport, followed by a Beatport number 2 with my follow up “Ecstasy Jesus” EP. Then BBC Radio 1 made me “Future Fire Artist 2021”. Everything after that went into over drive and I have been struggling to keep up with it since haha! But it’s all good and I am enjoying the ride.
What was your criteria when producing the Rave As If You´ll Live Forever EP?
There was no criteria as such when sitting down to write the 3rd instalment of the rave trilogy EP for Skream’s Of Unsound Mind label. I knew it had to have my signature rave sound. But that was it really. “Moths” came about because I found that unique vocal sample and had to use it. So I started to build a track around it while keeping it true to my signature sound. It’s named moths as a joke after my close group of friends as we like to party a lot. Moths are attracted to a flame or light. We are attracted to the party / sesh. Haha!
“Gucci” is an Italo house inspired track. I liked the retro synth pads and uplifting melodies. So I continued to finish the track and I thought the EP needed a big uplifting track. I found a vocal of a girl saying Gucci and sampled it into the track. That’s pretty much how that track came about. I love how retro it sounds as well.
“Rave As If You’ll Live Forever” is a nostalgic and uplifting track that I thought fitted perfectly to round off the EP. It’s filled with euphoria and loads of recognisable 90s rave vocals. The pads and chord progressions really lift the track but yet still keep it deep and moody but yet the acid line and rave arps keep the track raw like a 90s rave track that is filled with lots of emotion!
Could you recommend a set that you are especially proud of, and that we can see on your Soundcloud or on YouTube?
My favourite set to date is a livestream I did for Anjunadeep a few months ago at “Grianan of Aileach”. It’s a historic 1000 year old stone fort at the top of a mountain in County Donegal in Ireland! I made so many edits and remixes for this set. I hope you enjoy the set as music as I did putting it together!
Finally, what can you tell us about your present and future projects?
I have so much coming up that I’m excited to share with everyone. But the one I’m
most excited about it a collaboration I have done with Skream! It should be out around October time hopefully! Apart from that I’m super excited to get back out gigging again! I miss it so much and I am so ready for it. Hopefully I’ll see you guys soon on a dance floor soon ??